39 Forever!

Southern Exposure's 39th Birthday Block Party & Opening Reception for The Long Conversation

39 Forever!

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Southern Exposure
4:00 - 10:00 PM

Celebrate 39 years of Southern Exposure and the organization's unwavering commitment to visual artists with a block party on Alabama and 20th Streets. The afternoon and evening activities mark this momentous anniversary and the opening of our new exhibition and performance series The Long Conversation with related live works. Our Artists in Education Program's Youth Advisory Board present a new project, and five Alternative Exposure grantees represent their ongoing programs. Enjoy snacks from local food trucks, delicious libations and the unveiling of "39 Reasons to Love Southern Exposure."

Opening of The Long Conversation

Join SoEx as we proudly celebrate the opening of The Long Conversation, an exhibition and performance series featuring the work of 27 artists and collaboratives whose practices are rooted in the strategies of the West Coast, alternative, idea-based, experimental and time-based work. Artists include Amy Balkin, Renée Gertler & Josh Greene, Cliff Hengst, Rhonda Holberton, David Ireland, Bessma Khalaf, Paul Kos, Pawel Kruk, Tony Labat, Mike Lai, Lynn Hershman Leeson in collaboration with Mark Hellar, Jennifer Locke, Nathan Lynch, Whitney Lynn, Mads Lynnerup, Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., Tom Marioni, Jim Melchert, Lucas Murgida, Christian Nagler, Rigo 23, Moira Roth & Anne Walsh, Jon Rubin, Alice Shaw, Peter Simensky, Anne Walsh and Michael Zheng.

Support SoEx. Support Artists.

Celebrate with us and become a part of our active commitment to artists and education. You can help us sustain our role as a critical and valued Bay Area resource and space by making a tax-deductible donation on Saturday. Treats in store for members at the Block Party include:

  • SoEx button badges for all current and new members. Wear your membership with pride!
  • 50% off Southern Exposure's new tote bag designed by Kim West.
  • Your name on the SoEx LED Members Sign. See your name in lights!

Artists in Education Project: 39 Scenarios

5:00 - 7:00 PM
Our Youth Advisory Board artists present a new project led by teaching artists Meredith Leich and Nina Rodriguez. Youth artists explore the intersection between storytelling and performance art by asking the general public to become active participants in an original freeform story. Participants enact scenarios created by the youth artists, to be photographed and re-formed into new narratives.

Alternative Exposure Grantees

4:00 - 10:00 PM
Art for a Democratic Society, Krowswork, Mattress Talks, Real Time & Space and Royal NoneSuch Gallery will be in attendance to represent their ongoing programs.

Artist Performances

4:00 - 10:00 PM
Witness performances and live works from artists of The Long Conversation Cliff Hengst, Pawel Kruk, Lucas Murgida, Peter Simensky and Michael Zheng. Plus, join in Part 6 of Michael Swaine's Twelve Moments of Brevity Spread Over One Year, a year-long series of enacted readings.

Food + Drinks

4:00 - 10:00 PM
Food trucks! Purchase food from some of SF's favorite street food vendors including La Falafel, Taqueria Angelica's and Skylight Snowballs. Drinks and libations from Lagunitas Brewing Company, North Coast Brewing Company and wine selections by Jardinière.

Schedule for the Day

4:00 - 10:00 PM: Give Me Shelter by Peter Simensky
4:00 - 10:00 PM: You Talking To Me? by Michael Zheng
5:00 - 9:00 PM: Consent by Lucas Murgida
5:00 - 7:00 PM: 39 Scenarios, a project by SoEx's Artists in Education Program
6:00 PM: Extension by Michael Swaine
7:00 PM: Prix Choc by Cliff Hengst
7:30 PM: A toast to Southern Exposure
​Ongoing by appointment: When You Ask Me to Sing For You by Pawel Kruk (call 415-484-9076 to schedule a performance)